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Re: Taig CNC Lathe: First Run...
« Reply #30 on: April 18, 2009, 02:29:09 PM »
Thanks to Tweakie for the hot shoe bubble vial idea, and I've sawn it in 2 and attached one of them to my Z axis adjustable limit switch.

Works perfectly and I get the switch in the perfect position everytime -  ;D

I also made an indicator holder for my magnetic based indicator. I just unscrewed the magnetic base and drilled and tapped a block of aluminum and mounted in a T slot on the headstock. Great for those 4 jaw location projects.

Dave
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Re: Taig CNC Lathe: First Run...
« Reply #31 on: April 19, 2009, 06:11:42 AM »
Excellent Dave.   :) :)

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Re: Taig CNC Lathe: First Run...
« Reply #32 on: May 08, 2009, 03:53:56 PM »
This is amazing.  Thank you for the pics and video.

I have a taig that I want to convert to CNC. Do you have a build thread that explains what you had to do?  A parts list would be nice.

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Re: Taig CNC Lathe: First Run...
« Reply #33 on: May 09, 2009, 06:31:25 AM »
Hello,

Not really a build thread sorry, but the components I used for the electronics were:

-NEMA 23 BIPOLAR STEPPER MOTOR 270 oz-in, ¼” Diameter Shaft with flat KL23H276-28-4B (Dual Shaft) Price: $39

-power supply= The $50 Keling KL-300-48 48V/5A

-Gecko G540 Drives/breakout Board.

Hope that helps-
Dave

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Re: Taig CNC Lathe: First Run...
« Reply #34 on: May 18, 2009, 10:03:20 PM »
Thank you.  This machine is a pleasure to look at.  I spend a lot of time looking at the pics.

Two questions:  Any specs on how you set up the ball screw?

And: Did you make all of those brackets and spacers yourself?  It looks fantastic.

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Re: Taig CNC Lathe: First Run...
« Reply #35 on: May 19, 2009, 01:05:06 PM »
Thanks again for the kind words.

There are quite a few things I still want to do to the lathe as this setup was just to see how much it would take to get the thing running  :D

Now that I do in fact have it working well, I plan on doing a number of things such as "beefing" up the Z axis screw which right now is a standard stainless steel screw that I polished up so no burrs or anything like that would eat up the Delrin anti-backlash block. The X axis is pretty much stock and has about .005 backlash so I want to deal with that as well. Not a real big deal on a lathe but tight is good.

Yes, I made all the brackets for everything as this was just a "kit" form Taig Lathe which is really a great deal as it does not take a rocket scientist to get up and running. Keep in mind I have a shop where I made all my brackets so unless you have that at your disposal, I guess it could be pretty tricky to do without.

I highly recommend looking at Nick Carters website (cartertools.com) as he has an amazingly amount of info on the Taig stuff.

Dave
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Re: Taig CNC Lathe: First Run...
« Reply #36 on: November 11, 2010, 02:22:03 PM »
An update for my little Taig Lathe.

Finally got my RPM setup up to speed (lol!!) and thought I'd share a couple of pics. Thanks to Arturo (http://www.cnc4pc.com/Store/osc/) and Peter Homann (http://www.homanndesigns.com/store/) for helping me figure out what I needed to do this right.

Also wanted to thank SimonD for his posting of his guide for setting up the Speed control : http://www.machsupport.com/forum/index.php/topic,6707.20.html

I can now, with the flick of a switch, run my motor manually, or through Mach 3 control.

You can also see the index plate I made (one with the many holes in it  ;) ) , but I still have to make the spring loaded engaging pin that will allow the spindle to be held in position.

Thanks,
Dave
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Re: Taig CNC Lathe: First Run...
« Reply #37 on: November 13, 2010, 06:44:36 PM »
Love the Gecko Inside logo ;D

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« Reply #38 on: November 13, 2010, 06:56:52 PM »
Marris liked it as well  :)

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Re: Taig CNC Lathe: First Run...
« Reply #39 on: November 13, 2010, 07:03:44 PM »
I bet he did but also bet he doesnt use it for fear of being sued ;D
Bit curious, what spindle speeds do these wee lathes have?

Hood